Five Tips to Measure the Real Value of Your Food


Does it measure up?


Are you confused about how much value you are getting from your food? Do you wonder if you are getting enough protein? Is your diet high enough in fiber, carbohydrates or fats? Are you getting enough health and energy from your food? 

These are all vital concerns but it’s pretty hard to figure out how much value there really is in your food. There is one sure way to measure it, however. To know the value you are getting you must ask yourself one crucial question.

Is the food I’m eating every day dead or alive?

Let’s look at it this way, it takes something that is alive to add life energy to something else that is alive. If something is dead, how can it generate life? 

Life energy, prana or chi is something that cannot be measured but that is found in living beings whether they are persons, animals, plants or other sentient entities. 

Following are four categories of food based on their life giving power. Use them to measure how much prana your food is giving you.  

Before we analyze these categories I want to share my experience of many years back when I attended an amazing workshop at the International Biogenic Society in Costa Rica. I never looked at food the same way after that. The insights I gained have been reconfirmed while studying about raw food. This was also confirmed at an Isha Yoga ashram in India.  Dr. Edmund Bordeaux Szekely categorized food into four categories: 

  • Biogenic: life generating – germinated cereal seeds, nuts; sprouted baby greens.
  • Bioactive: life sustaining – organic, natural fruits and vegetables.
  • Biostatic: life slowing – cooked, stale foods 
  • Biocidic: life destroying – processed, irradiated foods and drinks.

1. Biogenic foods promote life. They’re the fuel that makes you a growing thriving life force. These include germinated seeds, grasses and sprouts. The reason they are the most powerful and full of prana is because they are in their embryonic stage of development. No force grows as quickly and powerfully as an embryo which multiples itself at an exponential speed. For this reason this category is life generating. 

2. Bioactive: Foods that sustain life. They prevent you from deteriorating and include fresh organic fruits and vegetables that are in their mature stage of development and maintain their life force although they are past the power packed embryonic stage. They are simply full of life and goodness. 

3. Biostatic: Foods that add value but have been cooked, therefore killing their life force. This can includes cooked fruits, and vegetables. Note that a scientist will list all their vitamins and minerals without considering their living force.

This can’t be measured and is not something scientists learned in school.  

This category also includes legumes. Legumes must be cooked because as seeds, their life force is in a passive potential state (encapsulated or highly protected sometimes even poisonous). Like sleeping beauties their life is dormant. They’re waiting for the kiss of earth, water, and sun to bring them back to life.

  • If they are sprouted they revert to the biogenic category.
  • If they are grown they become a new generation of food and a seed bank.
  • If they are cooked without ever having the life force awakened then they become part of the Biostatic category. With static nutritious properties. 
Nuts to crack are best

Nuts are also included as seeds but we can often benefit from their life force before they are processed or roasted. Once they are cooked their reproductive life force is gone. Their nutrition becomes indirect as it does with cooked food. Eating raw nuts or straight out of the shell is best, to get their vital properties.

4. Biocidic: Foods that destroy life. these are irradiated foods and drinks whose life force has been killed through processes aimed at giving them a longer shelf life. These foods are strictly for the convenience and profit of manufacturers, no matter how cleverly their labels list how natural and nutritious they are. And the more added ingredients (enhancers, emulsifiers, preservatives, bleaching agents, artificial flavors, tastes and sugars) they have, the more toxic they are for the human body. 

Additionally, despite the good ingredients they may list, they are dead foods, via cooking and processing as well as the added ingredient. High heat is among the worst in killing the original life they may have had. Biocidic foods should be absolutely avoided. 

It is heat that kills the prana in your food and additives overkill and poison!

Raw food enthusiasts recommend eating 100% raw food. Dr. Bordeaux’s system lists an optimal diet as consisting of at least 25% biogenic, 50% bioactive and 25% biostatic food daily. Biogenic living should also include meditation, simple living habits and respect for the earth as well as deep gratitude offered to the food you are consuming it. 


  • If you’re vegetarian, try increasing the raw food in your diet. Aim for at least 30-35% raw.
  • If you’re not a vegetarian you can include Sashimi or Ceviche in your diet.
  • Chick peas or peanuts soaked overnight are delicious additions to your diet. They not only retain their prana but the soaking initiates the germination process, which shifts them toward being biogenic. 
  • Perhaps you are familiar with the Master Cleanse (lemonade diet) by Stanley Burroughs from his book, Healing for the Age of Enlightenment.  It consists of drinking only fresh squeezed lemonade sweetened with grade B or C maple syrup. However he mentioned in the original version that if you had access to it, the cleanse could ideally be done with pure fresh squeezed sugarcane juice. I have done the cleanse six times in my life with incredible results. The first time, in the US, I used the maple syrup. But in Costa Rica and India where fresh squeezed sugarcane juice is readily available, I used that. I believe the sugarcane juice is the optimal way to do the cleanse because sugar cane is a living grass. As such it is in its embryonic state of energy with a huge pranic field. I believe this makes it more powerful and nutritious.  
  • At Isha Yoga, ash gourd is recommended for its high pranic power and great health benefits. It was usually juiced raw and served. But I have also seen it cooked. 

In conclusion please ask yourself the crucial question.

Is the food I’m eating every day dead or alive?

5 thoughts on “Five Tips to Measure the Real Value of Your Food

  1. YourFriendPablo

    Great, I really like it! Youre awesome

  2. Thank you Pablo, I hope you will start using this measuring stick. You will note the difference a few years down the line. Poor food choices are cumulative.

  3. Adan

    Very interesting topic . Well done Leona

  4. Lakshmi

    Fabulous information. Can you tell us more about the lemonade and sugarcane diets please?

    • Yes, this originally comes from Stanley Burroughs book ‘Healing for the Age of Enlightenment’ in which he presents ‘The ‘Master Cleanse’ which is basically fresh squeezed lemon juice in water sweetened by pure grade C maple syrup and some cayenne pepper (10 days at least). You drink this, and only this, during the cleanse. Water is also permitted. Additionally you have a natural herbal laxative tea at night. In the morning you can have another laxative herbal tea or do a ‘wash’ by drinking a quart of warm water with a teaspoon of sea salt in it. It goes right through you from top to bottom. The maple syrup works great in the West where it is readily available but Burroughs also said that optimally you can use pure freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and add the lemon to that if you were able to get it.

      Because of my emphasis on ‘prana’ in this blog, I recommend the sugar cane juice. The reason is that sugar cane is a grass and grasses and sprouts are in their embryonic stage of development having the biggest pranic field (like a giant aura). For that reason I recommend the cleanse with sugarcane juice if at all possible. The cleanse is completely transforming! I have done it several times in my life (40 days was the longest).

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